Indian Navy, the naval branch of Indian armed forces, is the fifth largest navy in the world. It’s a well-balanced three-dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under the surface of the ocean under trying conditions. Here is a stunning trailer of a documentary on Indian Naval Academy, an establishment where budding officers of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard are trained. Notably, it is the largest naval academy in Asia. The documentary will be premiered on National Geographic channel this Independence day at 9 PM.
The one and half minute trailer is engrossing enough to give you goosebumps. It shows how the cadets undergo extreme physical duress on both the land and under water. They are trained in all aspects, like physical training, swimming, drill, sports proficiency, equitation, x-country running and various service related subjects. It depicts the story of strength and determination of the naval forces that help keep peace in our waters despite a hostile neighbourhood.
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Working in the latest technology environment, the young officers are exposed to the very best in their field of operations. Admission to the INA as graduate officer-trainees of the Indian Navy is conducted through a written test by the UPSC, followed by 5 days of testing and interviews conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).
As of 2017, the Indian Navy has a strength of 67,109 personnel. It also has a large operational fleet consisting of one aircraft carrier, one amphibious transport dock, eight landing ship tanks, 11 destroyers, 14 frigates, one nuclear-powered attack submarine, one ballistic missile submarine, 13 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 23 corvettes, four mine countermeasure vessels, 29 patrol vessels, four fleet tankers and various other auxiliary vessels.
Role of Indian Navy
Indian Navy played an important role in the aggression of Portuguese Navy during the liberation of Goa in 1961 and also in India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. The Navy also provides humanitarian relief in times of natural disasters, including floods, cyclones, and tsunamis. India also uses its Navy to enhance its international relations through joint exercises. In recent years, the Indian Navy has undergone rapid modernisation to replace its aging equipment currently in service. Time and again, Navy has thwarted piracy attempts on Indian and foreign vessels and has also come to the rescue of stranded people in a country torn by the civil war. During the 2015 crisis in Yemen, the Indian Navy was part of Operation Raahat and rescued 3074 individuals of which 1291 were foreign nationals.
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